If you are not interested in selling products made with your Silhouette Cameo, you can sell cut files to other Silhouette crafters. Selling digital cut files is a great way to earn extra money while still crafting.
Here are some do’s and don’ts to selling Silhouette Cameo cut files:
- Create your cut files from scratch. This ensures that your design is unique from all others – and eliminates potential trademark and copyright infringements.
- If you are using phrases, be sure to check the US Trademark Database to be sure the phrase isn’t trademarked.
- Price your cut file accurately. Remember that you will only create the design once and (hopefully) sell it multiple times.
- Include a license with your file. Make sure you let other crafters know if it is okay for personal, commercial, or limited commercial use. If you need help deciding, see this post.
- Remind buyers that their license does not allow them to sell the file.
- Test your file by cutting it on your machine before you sell it.
- Watermark your images. You do not want non-buyers to simply trace your design and use it without paying for it.
- Offer your cut files for instant download. When customers don’t have to wait, they are more likely to purchase.
- Offer your designs in several formats. It is standard to include a .png, an .svg, and a .dxf file at minimum.
- Trace images/clipart from the internet and sell it.
- Don’t make changes to a file you have purchased and sell it as your own.
- Don’t use portions of images/cliparts in your cut file without checking the file license.
- Don’t use fonts in your design that you don’t have a commercial license for.
- Don’t use trademarked or copyrighted material in your cut file – this includes popular cartoon characters, company logos, and other copyrighted materials.
- Don’t sell .studio or .studio3 files. These are proprietary file formats exclusive to Silhouette and cannot be sold.
Bonus: If you would like to sell your designs through the Silhouette Design Store, you can view information about becoming a contributing artist at this link.
Please share this post with a fellow crafter on social media or by pinning it. I’ve seen a lot of cut files around the internet lately where the “designer” has copied things they should not have. I truly believe that new designers make mistakes out of lack of information, not malicious intent.
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